Internet Trauma Rising from Police Brutality

Tonya Bah’s son, Keiba Bah, is 19 and is becoming more agitated and emotionally sensitive. Tonya Bah attributed this change to the increased time Keiba spent on social media and images he would see of Black people beaten by police. “Internet trauma is where images (static or video) can be found online through social media, and can be traumatic for those who are watching everything from someone getting killed to watching someone being harassed or tormented or bullied”. Due to the increase of documented police violence incidents, kids like Keiba are more likely to be exposed to these traumatic images. Unfortunately, school districts have been criticized for short staffing much-needed mental health services for students such as Keiba. More of this story here.

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